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    • Raye AndersonRaye Anderson
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      Ask Me Anything

      with Raye Anderson

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      Raye Anderson is a Scots Canadian who spent many enjoyable years running Theatre Schools and delivering creative learning programs for arts organisations, most notably at the Prairie Theatre Exchange in Winnipeg. She also worked in Ottawa and Calgary. Her work has taken her across Canada, coast to coast and as far afield as her native Scotland and the West Indies. She has two daughters and a granddaughter who has inherited her love of theatre.

       

      Now, she lives in the Interlake and is part of a thriving arts community. “And We Shall Have Snow” is her first crime novel. 

    • Raye AndersonRaye Anderson
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      Hello!!!

    • Gaylene DutchyshenGaylene Dutchyshen
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      Hi Raye! Are you a plotter or a pantser? How long did it take you to write your novel?

    • Gaylene DutchyshenGaylene Dutchyshen
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      Hi Raye, I’m trying this again. Tell me about your writing process? What time of day do you write? Do you have a specific word count you try to meet in a day?

    • Marie T.Marie T.
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      Hi Raye! Thanks for doing being here 🙂 I noticed you live in the Interlake (I do too) and that the title of your new book is And We Shall Have Snow. Does the place you are living in and your environment affect your writing?

    • Joy RenwickJoy Renwick
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      Hi Raye. I see that you have a background in theatre. Did you think in “scenes” when you were writing this book?

    • Raye AndersonRaye Anderson
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      Hi Gaylene.I don’t plot. I start with a place and a body and then I’m off. I write about a chapter a week. so about 6-7 months for a first draft.

    • Bernice FraserBernice Fraser
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      Hi Raye, I’m looking forward to picking up your novel! From what I read about it online, you mention a character of a talented but devious star in the music scene, is this character based on anyone? Is this too salacious of a question? Do you ever base characters off people you know?

    • Raye AndersonRaye Anderson
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      Marie, yes! This book is set beside a fictional frozen lake, where there’s a village- it’s very pretty in winter as I’m sure you know, but deadly. so that seemed fun to use. And there’s a town nearby that has Icelandic ancestry…

    • Raye AndersonRaye Anderson
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      Hi Joy!I do think in terms of dramatic action, and how it moves forward.Each scene is kind of improvised in my head as I write it. I think knowing how to inhabit another character really helps- once I have the voice of a character I can create dialogue.

    • Genni GunnGenni Gunn
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      I enjoyed your reading very much. I really liked your description of the dead foot, shiny like plastic. So visual!

    • Marie T.Marie T.
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      I’m from that town near by with Icelandic history! Very neat, I’m looking forward to reading it and recognizing the places you write about 🙂

    • Raye AndersonRaye Anderson
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      Hi Bernice, No, Stella is pretty well made up.The idea for someone who runs a Festival is based on several people who do that, with a bit of the Folk Best thrown in.A couple of times I borrowed a bit of someone’s life- in both cases I told the person to make sure that was okay with them. I think some characters might be composites of different people when I begin but they do take on lives of their own once I get going.

    • Raye AndersonRaye Anderson
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      Hi Genni! I woke up one morning with that image in my head….. turquoise nails and all!

    • Raye AndersonRaye Anderson
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      Marie, hope you enjoy the read!

    • Joy RenwickJoy Renwick
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      What’s the worst part about writing for you?

    • Bernice FraserBernice Fraser
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      Thanks for the thoughtful response! I can’t wait to read!

    • Gaylene DutchyshenGaylene Dutchyshen
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      How important is the landscape in your writing? Could your characters function anywhere or is the small town atmosphere important to your stories?

    • Raye AndersonRaye Anderson
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      Joy, I Just got to the end of the second book a couple of days ago and I miss it already…
      I don’t know what I dislike about the actual writing- I’m happy doing rewrites. I do find it hard to market my own work, though.

    • Raye AndersonRaye Anderson
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      Gaylene, one of the things I like about crime fiction is the sense of place you get from a novel. For me, it’s essential. So this one was very grounded in the landscape and how it pulls people together- the friendships and mutual dependence that happens in a small community, and the tension that happen when something goes very wrong- like a murder…

    • Gaylene DutchyshenGaylene Dutchyshen
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      I’m a writer, too. I’m doing a Q and A next week. My stories are very grounded in the rural landscape. I want to ask you…. why crime novels? And do you do a lot of research?

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